We are testing a new beta website for gov.scot go to new site

Digital and Technology Services Framework (DATS)



The DATS framework commenced on 13 May 2015 for an initial two year period with options to extend for a further two periods of one year and is available to all Scottish public bodies.

The framework is a multi-supplier agreement. Organisations can use the framework to run mini competitions or a direct award option for contracts awarded via the framework.

What is in scope?

The services that can be provided under the framework agreement will be extensive and wide ranging and no two projects are likely to be the same.  Projects may range from the delivery of service desks, transformational digital/ICT projects, service/system integration, product support and network support.

Other services may include ICT project and programme management, cyber security, digital services, service integration and management (SIAM), IT consultancy (advice and strategy) and system integration.

This is not intended to be an exhaustive list but at a high level illustrates the range of potential services which may be requested.

What is out of scope?

It is not intended that the DATS framework agreement be used for a fully managed technical partnering service – we would recommend that this is procured directly.

In addition it is not envisaged that such services as general business process outsourcing services (for example, a complete HR function) and other non-IT outsourced services be procured via this framework.

Also there are other ICT frameworks that are more suitable for ICT Products (ICT Products - national) and ICT Networks (ICT Networks - national) and we would encourage that these be considered as they may be more appropriate to your requirement.

If you have any doubts of the correct framework to utilise please contact a member of the ICT Services and Software team.

Who is this available to?

  • Central government
  • Health
  • Local authorities
  • Universities and colleges
  • Third sector (voluntary organisations and charities registered in Scotland)
  • Other public bodies

Full details can be found on Public Contracts Scotland

Note: It is the responsibility of any buying organisation wishing to use the framework agreement to satisfy itself that it is eligible to do so. Entitlement can be established from the terms of the OJEU advert and guidance on this can be found in annex A of Scottish Government Guidance on Framework Agreements.  If there is any doubt, legal advice should be sought.

Key Benefits

  • Savings achieved through collaborative use of the framework
  • Excellent range of suppliers from small and medium enterprises (SME) to large global players
  • Flexible scope covering both traditional IT services and digital provision
  • Easy route to market
  • Some consideration of employment practices, workforce matters and a wide range of community benefits.
  • Suppliers on the framework are able to deliver ICT projects or services using various traditional methodologies.  In addition to this, and to primarily support more digitally focussed projects, the suppliers can also deliver using agile delivery methodology.  (More details on methodologies can be found in the contractor catalogue on our SharePoint site.)

Start Date

13 May 2015

End date

12 May 2018 (with the option to extend for a further 12 month period)

Further details


Margaret Anne McKeown
Senior Portfolio Specialist, ICT Services and Software
Tel: 0141 242 0111

Andy Scott
Portfolio Manager, ICT Services and Software
Tel: 0141 242 5920

Further Information

A buyer's guide is available.

Further information including specifications and pricing is available via a number of sources:

  • Our secure stakeholder site - SharePoint
  • Your procurement centre of expertise information pages

If you are not registered to access our SharePoint site please contact scottishprocurement@gov.scot.